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Pedestrian accident leaves 1 person dead

A pedestrian accident in New Jersey can result in serious injuries or death, and you'd expect -- or at least hope -- in cases like that the person responsible would stay at the scene to help. In this case released to the news on Feb. 25, a man from Rockaway Township was charged and arrested due to his connection with a hit-and-run accident that left one pedestrian dead. According to the story, the pedestrian was struck by a vehicle shortly before midnight on Feb. 23. The driver did not remain at the scene following the incident.

Police discovered the pedestrian near the ShopRite shopping center. He allegedly had injuries that were consistent with those one would receive after being hit by a car. That man was pronounced dead at the scene, but the man who was allegedly responsible hadn't stayed at the scene of the accident. According to the story, the man who passed way was simply left to lie there.

The story states that state police looked for a vehicle with damage, and they were able to locate one that had extensive front-end damage from where the deceased man could have been struck. They located it on Route 80 East shortly after the initial accident was called in.

In this accident, the man who is allegedly at fault will have to answer why he left the scene after striking the man. The police charged the man on Feb. 24, according to the story, and he will face first-degree aggravated manslaughter charges, along with second-degree death by auto and second-degree knowingly leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. The man, 26, may have been under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Source: NJ.com, "Man struck, killed pedestrian in Rockaway Township hit-and-run, prosecutor says" Meghan Shapiro, Feb. 25, 2014

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